The Red Bulls played well in their fifth round match against the Philadelphia Union and was able to get some form of revenge on their rivals down Interstate 95, but some news that came thru before the match as well as after the match has left some happy and sad at the same time.
Luis Robles who was brought over to the New York Red Bulls from Germany back in August of 2012 has signed a multi-year extension to remain between the wood work for the Red Bulls. He is the clubs leader in clean sheets with 43, a GAA of 1.30 and 73 win while his iron man streak continues at 157 consecutive league appearances.
“We are pleased to reach new terms with Luis,” said Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlet. “Luis has been an important part of our club on and off the field and we look forward to continued success with him as our goalkeeper.”
Robles has made several fantastic saves since coming to the Red Bulls and everyone who comes to Red Bull Arena feels confident, that he can continue to play strong in net every match at home or on the road.
Not only is Robles a happy man, but Felipe has also been extended by the club. His big Penalty in the Shootout the night before moved the team to the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup.
“Felipe has proved to be a key player for our club over the past two and a half season,” said Hamlet. “He continues to grow as a player and we are excited to heep him as part of our team.”
But after the US Open Cup shootout win against the Philadelphia Union sadly has come with a price as the Glen Cove, Long Island Native Mike Grella is done for the rest of the regular season with knee surgery.
Since he had his left knee scoped Grella has been trying to get back on the field and become an important player since his arrival the last two season, but sadly it looks like he will go under the knife again to check out what’s bothering him and prepare for the 2018 season.
Grella has made 73 regular season Appearances for the Red Bulls converting 16 goals and 13 assists since winning his trial back in February of 2015 and in that same season helped win the Red Bulls second Supporters Shield that got the club back into the CONCACAF Champions League with a successful Group Stage account.
So for the Red Bulls there are some positives, but sadly there is a big negative as they will be missing Mike Grella for the remainder of the season. That means it’s very important for the Red Bulls to go shopping into the Summer Transfer Window and see who they can bring in and adjust as fast as possible.